Universal Pictures dropped a second trailer for the studio’s forthcoming , the first spinoff of its wildly popular franchise. It looks like it will be the perfect summer popcorn movie, with ludicrous over-the-top action, Idris Elba stealing every scene as a cocky super-soldier, and the lovable, wisecracking duo of Hobbs and Shaw putting aside their differences yet again to save the world.
(Spoilers for some of the prior films in franchise below.)
The first film in the series, , debuted in 2001, and it focused on an undercover cop (the late Paul Walker) taking on a group of car hijackers led by Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. It earned more than $200 million worldwide against its relatively modest $38 million budget, so the film was followed by seven equally successful sequels and two short tie-in films. It’s now Universal Pictures’ most successful franchise of all time, grossing more than $5 billion worldwide. This juggernaut shows no signs of stopping: the ninth and tenth films are already in development, slated for release in April 2020 and 2021, respectively.
We’re now getting a bunch of spin-off movies, too: up next will be , and there are perhaps as many as three others in development, including—if Vin Diesel’s Instagram is to be believed—a possible film focusing on the franchise’s most popular female characters. US Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs and former British military operative/assassin Deckard Shaw have always been fan favorites in the franchise, talking smack and getting into scraps while always getting the job done in the end. It made perfect sense that Director David Leitch would home in on these two characters for the first spinoff movie.
picks up two years after left off. This time around, we meet Shaw’s sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), a rogue MI6 agent (is there any other kind in these movies?) who has stolen some kind of super-virus from arch-villain Brixton (Idris Elba). Brixton is a cyber-genetically enhanced, self-described “Black Superman,” and naturally he wants his super-virus back so he can make like Thanos in and wipe out half of humanity.
Hijinks ensue with plenty of comic relief in between, mostly from Hobbs and Shaw bickering and mugging for the camera (even mid-fight scene it seems). The trailer gives us a generous three-and-a-half minutes of action, with Elba and Kirby holding their own on the fisticuff front. It looks like we’ll get lots of well-choreographed fight sequences, a generous amount of gun-play, the odd explosion, plenty of gratuitous property damage, and even a cameo by Helen Mirren, reprising her role as Magdalene Shaw, mother to Deckard, Owen, and Hattie. Oh, and we end up in Samoa at one point so Hobbs can have a family reunion and recruit his big, strong brothers to the cause. Director Leitch knows what the fans want, and it’s looking like he’ll deliver.
hits theaters August 2, 2019.